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17 June 2003, 10:13 am
Next Stop Southern Ocean
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O3 Project - Round Australia Challenge
Round Australia

Still on pace to break the Jeremy PEARCE/Kanga BIRTLES 1999 record, David PESCUD and his six cohorts, Phil THOMPSON, Kim JAGGAR, Harald MIRLIEB, Albert LEE, Allan GRUNDY and Brett PEARCE, have dragged out their thermal gear in preparation.
This afternoon, KAZ was trucking along, 77 nautical miles north north west of Cape Leeuwin, the most southern westerly tip of Australia, off Western Australia, where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet. She has covered 4224 nautical miles of her 6500-mile odyssey, with an ETA at the finish line of late on June 28 - well ahead of record pace.

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse sits alone at its tip, a solitary sentinel. Totally manually operated until 1982 by a clockwork mechanism and kero burner, one of the last in the world, the lighthouse marks the turning point for KAZ as she sails across the Southern Ocean, her likely next sight of land Maatsuyker on Tasmania's southern tip.

"We've got 15 knots of true wind from the north to north west and KAZ is sailing comfortably at 8 knots, we haven't got our main up, just the headsail, cos it doesn't bang the boat around so much,"David Pescud, owner skipper of KAZ reported from the boat this morning.

"It's fairly quiet out here, quite peaceful, although Al (Allan GRUNDY) had a big night on the town last night and we haven't seen him since, he hasn't come home - I hope he reappears before we turn the corner and go into the Southern Ocean. Bear (Phil THOMPSON) has changed beds so the postman doesn't know where to deliver his mail.

"Seriously, we are excited about entering the Southern Ocean, the outlook doesn't look too bad, I mean it's never that nice, but the predictions look fine. We are comfortable on board, everything is going really well and KAZ is prepared,"
the 55 year-old grandfather of two added.
Di Pearson (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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